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  •  Almost as disturbing (6+ / 0-)

    is the fact that the Doctors are too vain and stupid not to resist the scam.  I wonder of Newt then passes on the names and addresses to Publishers Clearinghouse's "Easy Mark Division."

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 06:15:26 AM PDT

    •  PCH was forced to change their tactics (4+ / 0-)

      by state AGs. IIRC they have to clearly state you don't have to buy magazines to enter the sweepstakes.

      Those who forget the lessons of history are probably watching Glenn Beck.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 06:18:12 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, yes, that's been for (1+ / 0-)
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        quite awhile -- but they know their target group -- the elderly for the most part.  I had a client who spent thousands on magazines he didn't read even though the disclaimer was on the literature.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 06:44:40 AM PDT

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    •  That's what scams do... (0+ / 0-)

      They prey on weaknesses..vanity, greed, fear, lust. They tap into those forces that are strong they make you abandon your good sense. Which is why some times I have little sympathy for those who have been scammed.

      Now, the scams that prey on basic ignorance or miseducation--those are the ones that make me really angry.

      A man can believe anything he wants, as long as he doesn't frighten my dog.

      by RiotLibrarian on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 06:46:25 AM PDT

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    •  No they go to "lists" which compile (1+ / 0-)
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      names, addresses and phone numbers according to known political preferences and lifestyles.  Then they sell the names in batches and charge by the number of uses.  World Net Daily was one of the first to transition the business model of the direct mail people to the internets.  Every time people fill out a warranty card for a product or sign a poll, the information goes into a hopper for future marketing.  
      Somehow, that the economy collapsed despite all this effort to sell crap hasn't sunk in.

      Indeed, Warren Stephens of Stephens, Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas, the banker for the Bush Boys, Clinton, the Waltons, David Rockefeller and a host of millionaires seems still convinced that all those "sub-prime" borrowers (he actually said "lenders" in an interview, but that was surely a misspoke) are responsible for the near collapse on Wall Street.  Of course, since he's sitting in Arkansas, he sees no reason why banks should be too big to fail.  Let them fail, then "small businesses" like his "closely held firm" can pick up the pieces cheap, like Bush cousin George Herbert Walker IV did with Lehman Brothers.

      The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

      by hannah on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 07:16:12 AM PDT

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